Andre Gomes has had a tumultuous time at Barcelona since arriving in the summer of 2016, to say the least. He’s had struggles on and now seemingly off the pitch. In an interview with Panenka, Gomes revealed some pretty saddening realities about his life at Barcelona.
“I don’t allow myself to let out the frustration that I have. So what I do is I don’t talk to anyone, I don’t annoy anyone. It’s as if I feel ashamed.
“The notion of not wanting to leave the house has happened to me on more than one occasion.
“The idea of people being able to see you, it gives off a fear of going out into the street because of embarrassment.”
This part was the most difficult to read, it’s never fun for professional athletes to perform poorly on the pitch, but when it starts to affect things off the pitch that becomes pretty disheartening to see.
“Thinking too much hurts me because I think of bad things and then about what I have to do,” he said.
“Although my teammates support me quite a lot, things don’t come off in the way they want them to.
“I am calm when I’m training, although there are obviously some days where I’m a little short on confidence, because this is even noticeable in training. You know that you’ve struggled.
“Perhaps I just played one day or two days before and still have the image of the match in my head, which doesn’t allow me to move forward.
“But in training I feel comfortable with my teammates. People say that I go with a handbrake on. What’s most difficult for me is to be aware of everything.
“It annoys me when they say that I can do a lot of good things, because I ask myself why I’m not doing them.”